Travel Blogs from San Jose Del Cabo
Our first port of call was Cabo. We had never been there before so it was nice to see. Very hot day. Did some site seeing and walking around. Before heading back to the ship for the sail away party. That's always a good time! We are having an unexpected extra sea day. Due to violence in Alcapulco we are skipping that port. So today is a relaxing day hanging out in one of the bars waiting for the Giants game to come ...
... s an opportunity to learn about these fascinating creatures. And after learning about them and swimming with them, who would eat tuna that wasn’t cruelty free? Or hunt them? It’s a way to gain an understanding and appreciation about them.
Our dolphin’s name was Sacil and he was young, sweet, and gentle. Like a big dog in water. He seemed to love to be touched and was intuitive – he avoided those people who ...
... where I witness the sea lions. When our trip came to an end, I was quite saddened, also because after going back to Mexico city I only had a few more days left, before going back to sunny England. But my experience in this coast was amazing, I never witnessed something so incredible like going to the arc and seeing the many wonders this beach offered. I truly recommend this resort, because not only you experience the wonders of many bays, but you also experience the ...
... a steak for 2. They should have called it "dinner for a family" when they trucked out a LARGE (16 ounce at least) steak that Phil and I could not finish. We had an enjoyable dinner chatting about our lives and getting to know one another better.
We also enjoyed a wonderful dinner party at the home of our friends Marci and Enrique, who are excellent hosts! Marci even made Celina her own roasted veggie lasagna, and we all enjoyed homemade ...
... to Mega store for groceries (1/2 block away), and ate at a food kiosk there. It's dark here already at 6, so we didn't want to explore too much more than that. We both had tortilla soup ("the best in Mexico"), plus Roger had a chicken flautas and Anna had a chicken empanada, and we shared an orange Fanta. About $14 US. Roger eyed up Hong Fat at the next kiosk ... Manchu Wok equivalent? ...
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One of the best meals I've ever had
We didn't stay here, but also had a fantastic meal at the restaurant, Mi Cocina. It's beautiful and just as good as any big-city restaurant. The food and service were great and the outdoor setting was beautiful. It would definitely be a shame not to eat here on a visit to Los Cabos!
A Gem in the Making!
We wanted a Los Cabos vacation that gave us the freedom to do the activities we wanted without the dealing with crazies who "invade" Cabo San Lucas. Casa Natalia is located in San Jose de Cabo in the center of town. The interior space is spectacular both during the daytime and at night. There is access and free transportation to a beach club about 15 minutes away. The rooms are average sized and decorated tastefully in Mexican style. Breakfast (delicious!) is served daily in the little private patio attached to each room. The service is first rate but a bit slow....after all, we realized that life moves at a slower pace when you are in Mexico.
If you are expecting a beach resort with all the many amenities and "annnoyances" then you will of course be disappointed. But if you want a quiet oasis of civility and charm, then you will love this hotel. The pool and common areas were very clean and the lounges around the pool were invitations to relax and read a favorite novel. The cascading waterfalls and palm trees in the interior of the hotel, created an ambiance of tropical seclusion and calm. My wife had a 2 hour massage that she claims was the best that she ever received...anywhere in the world (ask for Silvia)! We rented our own car and spent the requisite party night in Cabo San Lucas (about 30 minutes away) but were very glad to return to the quiet of San Jose in the early morning.
The only shortcomings of this fine establishment when compared to 5 star hotels is the above mentioned speed of service and in the attention to detail. Two mornings out of the four that we stayed at Casa Natalia, the breakfast order was missing an item or two which required a call to room service. We also ate two nights at their restaurant, Mi Cocina. The first night was truly spectacular with the best sea bass that I ever tasted and great desserts. The second night was a slight dissappointment since they ran out of all the seafood entrees before we ate around 9 pm due to above average walk-in customers. These were not a major inconveniences but points to areas for improvement in the future.
We were so impressed that we plan to return to Casa Natalia next year for a week. But be aware, if you expecting a loud bar lounge, single males walking around with beer cans, and a view of the beach, then this is not the place for you. However, if you want a taste of European charm and Mexican hospitality in the midst of a charming and authentic Baja town, the you will be very satisfied staying at this wonderful hotel. While we were there a European catalog crew was shooting on the hotel premises and flying in different models from Europe every third day. Hopefully, when you stay at this very nice establishment you will be lucky as us and be surrounded by very attractive people from around the world.
Don't make a reservation until you've seen the place in person.
We made a reservation based on the web site and trip advisor reviews, but upon arrival found it to be nothing like the pictures. The hotel is right in the middle of town, nowhere near the beach. Hot, stagnant and very clostophopic. San Jose is small and hot and full of flies and cars this time of year. No cool ocean breezes here and you can't reach beach without a car. The pool was small, shaded and dirty. The rooms were dark and tiny and not what I would call 5 star. We couldn't get out of there fast enough!!
La Cocina, the Spago of Baja
Didn't stay at the hotel (although it looked incredible, with the best location in San Jose) but did eat at the restaurant La Cocina. No other way to put it, but its the best place I've eaten in all of Mexico. On par with the great restaurants in LA. Everything we touched was an oral hedonistic frenzy. Vayase!
European style accomodations in Cabo
In 2003, we had the pleasure of dining at the restaurant at Casa Natalia's, Mi Cocina two times and had the opportunity to take a tour of the regular rooms and suites for a possible stay in 2004.We prefaced our stay at Casa Dorada Hilton timeshare with three nights stay in one of the two suites at Casa Nathalia's the second week of February, 2004.What a beautiful suite, which includes a jacuzzi on the outside private patio. The rooms are beautiful & real cozy with a very nice step down shower and double sink bathroom with more than adequate storage space and very spacious rooms.A-1 quality service with excellent detail to cleanliness in a very European setting.The outside area includes a heated pool which is tastefully designed in the setting of palm trees strategically located throughout the grounds, which serves as the outside seating area of the restaurant, Mi Cocina. The evening setting for eating includes outside portable heaters which are located near the dining tables if there is a chill in the area.We would rate this a "10" on a scale of 1-10 and we plan on doing the same for our trip in 2005.
Best Stay in 9 trips to Mexico
My wife and I had a quick four night stay while visiting Cabo area for a wedding and we lucked out by trying something new. Casa Natalia is in the center of San Jose Del Cabo. It is European classy with local Mexican friendliness. Beautiful rooms, quiet, clean pool lounge area with great service, etc. The on premise restaurant is likely the best in the entire region. This is the place to stay for anybody looking for a change for the typical sit at the beach dodge the timeshare selling croud. I could go on and on about how great our stay was.
Casa Natalia was a wonderful hotel. The service was exceptional, the grounds were peaceful and relaxing, the rooms were clean, the food was great. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking to experience a fine small luxury hotel.
Wouldn't show us the rooms
I make reservations for a Cabo San Lucas hotel, and often suggest places to stay in San Jose Del Cabo as well. During our trip to Cabo, we took a day, with a local innkeeper (she often suggests hotels to guests also) to see the various small inns in San Jose del Cabo. We parked 3 blocks away because there was no parking, and walked to Casa Natalia. We started to walk through the grounds and were greeted very nicely by the bartender. We asked if there was a room open for us to see, and he said yes, and went to the lobby. He came back a few moments later very apologetically to tell us that the lady at the front desk was waiting for a guest to check-in and that she could show us a room in about an hour. We couldn't believe that someone walking in, a potential guest, would be turned away. Were we supposed to wait outside? We were shocked. How could they know that we didn't want to stay there that night, or if we had a taxi waiting outside with our bags. We had come all the way to San Jose, to see these inns, which would only benefit them. As we left, we walked past the lady talking on the phone but she did not even look up at us..and she knew we were leaving because there was no one else around. It seemed that she didn't want to bother with us, maybe we didn't dress or look like her idea of potential guests. I wouldn't reccommend Casa Nataila to anyone who asks. I can't rate the rooms on this site, because we were not able to see them. I have heard that Casa Natalia gives great service to their guests who stay there, but I've also heard that if you are not staying there, they are not very accommodating to you. One couple I talked to said that they had stayed there before and the service was perfect, but then when they returned on a future visit and drove from Cabo San Lucas to eat at the restaurant, they were turned away, and not very nicely.
Casa Natalia- I hope this helps you to make some changes, and maybe you can extend an invitation to the other nice small inns in the area to see your rooms, because they are the ones who will have the type of guests who will be interested in staying with you. Even having someone stay with you one or two nights at the end of their vacation is better than your rooms sitting vacant. Also, please don't prejudge people walking in from the street, even if they look like they may be "just" locals.
Walking by, I was drawn to Casa Natalia
If you want a vacation where you feel like it matters to the staff if you are enjoying your vacation, then this is your place! It's been a bit of a hidden secret, but not to the travel gurus like Conde Nast Traveler who rated it one of Mexico's best hotels. Nathalie is the type of owner who takes graciousness and hospitality up to the highest notch. property is both warm and inviting. If you are considering a destination wedding, and want the wedding your way, then Casa Natalia is your hotel!
Home Suite Home!
What an unexpected treasure! Staff was not only courteous, polite and efficient but fun and informative to talk with regarding the local activities and "things to do" in the area.Rooms are beautifully appointed and the mood was quiet and subdued. The pool area is a real treat with a flowing waterfall and unique design.Treat yourselves to an extremely romantic dinner--you will not be disappointed! The food is fantastic and my husband is a chef-who is particular about presentation and taste--thought they did an outstanding job!We will be back to visit again! Booking thru a TravelWizard.com Virtuoso Travel Consultant was the smartest way to go-they gave me the recommendation and know their stuff!